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                                                                                     ms Oosterdam

Embarkation day is always exciting to me, every time.  We woke up in Seattle to rain,but that didn’t dampen our spirits.  We only had carry-ons to deal with, as Holland had picked up our check-in luggage the night before.  We met in a lounge in the hotel, and soon boarded out shuttle to the pier. It was a short ride, then a short line and we were once again on MS O (Oosterdam).  A quick trip to cabins to get rid of carry-ons, and off to explore the ship.  This ship is so elegant and easy to get around.  One of our fave places is the Crow’s Nest on deck ten.  It has lots of windows around for great views.  Happy hour happens there at 4 every afternoon.  First up is muster drill, which is now done before sailing.  It was fast and we did not have to drag life jackets.  They had good music (but not live) at the aft pool, and a special drink of the day, but no activities staff to get some dancing going.  We enjoyed sailaway anyway.  It is a great feeling to be on a cruise ship.

The Fairmont Olympic HotelGood day everyone.
As usual with a very cold winter, spring pretty much skipped over into hot summer.

However we escaped for a week for a cruise to Alaska. First stop Seattle, which is a fun city and easy to walk around downtown and Pike’s Market.  We booked ground transportation and hotel through Holland America, and what a great way to begin your trip after your flight. We were met by the reps who took care of our luggage and then we boarded a shuttle to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  It is a grand, beautiful hotel, and very elegant.  After checking in, we took a walk and ended up at Pike Place Bar and Grill for lunch.  We had been there on our  last trip and it was so good we wanted to return.     We were a group of 6, and decided to forgo the Space Needle when it was  almost a 2 hour wait after you got through the long line to get tickets.  There’s always another time!

Stay tuned for part two!


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